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Crowd Gathers To Honor Former King’s Legacy

Crowd Gathers To Honor Former King’s Legacy
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More than 1,000 people, including monks and students, gathered Wednesday in front of the Royal Palace to mark the second anniversary of the passing of former king Norodom Sihanouk. The former king was much beloved by many Cambodians, abdicating the throne in 2004 and passing away in Beijing two years ago. Supporters said Wednesday gave alms to monks and paid their respects to the man they call “King Father.” Despite his involvement in the Khmer Rouge movement, whose ranks he helped bolster after he was deposed in a US-backed coup, the former king is remembered for a larger legacy. Many remember him as sheperding Cambodia through independence in the 1950s and through tumultuous years of war following the fall of the Khmer Rouge.  (Suy Heimkhemra, Phnom Penh)